Senior News

Notes June 11-17

Last Friday evening we were in the village of Clashmore for our 15th annual Old Still bar Clashmore 5. Unfortunately the weather man was unkind to us as we had quite heavy rain for the duration of the race. The event was race number 6 in the 23rd annual Intersport Elverys/Asics summer series for 2017 and a  field of 102 took part on the night which was a good turnout on such a bad night . Like all our events we rely on voluntary help from the local community in the various parts of the county we visit to hold our races and as usual the organisers and helpers on the night in Clashmore are second to none, we sincerely thank all in Clashmore for this ongoing support and help each year. To our loyal sponsors Joe and Liz Salmon and family of the Old Still Bar, to all the stewards organised by Kay and Ann Ledingham and to Joe Salmon who marked the course. Race entries were taken at the Old Still Bar courtesy of our race sponsor, Joe Salmon was present to present the prizes afterwards. A huge thanks also the Salmon family and staff for the great amount of food and the teas after the race. Our sincere thanks to all the members of the Ledingham family who were present to award the winner with the Edmund Ledingham memorial cup . Thanks also to Clashmore/Kinsalebeg GAA club for providing the use of their dressing rooms and showers, a gesture which was very much appreciated. To our own club race crew, another flawless job efficiently done in unkind weather, but as usual they had everything under control with the entries and at the finishing line and of course our crew out on the course, Jamie and Conor on traffic management and Liam on van duty for their efforts for this and every race.
It was back to back victories for East Cork AC athlete Kevin O'Leary when he after winning Ardmore5 the previous week took his 2nd series victory last Friday evening in Clashmore, It was an unusual race up front from the point of view that we had 3 different leaders of the race at various times throughout the undulating 5 mile course, from the gun Pat Hennessey set a very fast pace with Raivis Zakis on his shoulder with a group of 4 some 50 meters back the road. The first mile was covered by the two front runners in 5.28,these two were soon to be joined by Sean Stilwell and Des Colbert from the chasing pack just before the 2 mile mark and soon after Sean broke clear of Raivis and Kevin as our early pace setter Pat dropped off the pace back some 20 meters. We hit the hill between 2 and 3 miles and Sean by the top of the climb was starting to fade slightly as Kevin joined him as they turned right for the downhill 2 mile race for home, Kevin extended this lead on Stilwell as Raivis also caught Sean by mile 4 but had a tad too much to do to catch the East Cork man despite closing the gap over the final half mile, O'Leary crossed the finish line outside our sponsor's premises The Old Still bar a clear winner in 27.28,with Raivis 2nd in 27.39 and Sean 3rd in a time of 27.56.The 0/40 winner was Waterford  AC's Des Colbert  in 29.04. Over 45 for the 3rd year in succession Yevgeniy  Chizhikov 32.16,over 50 also for the 3rd year in a row went to Ray Hahesy 30.26,and Liam Clinch took the over 55 category in 34.49,our first junior was Conor Mullanney in a brilliant time of 29.22.well done to all prize winners.
Prize Winners
1st Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC 27.28
2nd Raivis Zakis West Waterford AC 27.39
3rd Sean Stilwell West Waterford AC 27.56
O/40 Des Colbert Waterford AC 29.04
O/45 Yevgeniy Chizhikov West Waterford AC 32.16
O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 30.26
O/55 Liam Clince West Waterford AC 34.49
Junior Conor Mullaney West Waterford AC 29.22
Turning to the Ladies race in Clashmore last Friday evening, unlike the men's race the ladies saw a gun to tap win for Waterford AC athlete Sylvia Malone 31.46.Sylvia who the previous week won the Deadmans 5 in Carrick is back to her best as she prepares for the upcoming Waterford half marathon in a couple of weeks time. Sylvia's winning time Friday evening was almost 3 minutes faster than the ladies winning time of last year.2nd place on the night went to Kate Veale with a time of 33.34 with Brigid Coffey filling the 3rd spot on the winner podium with a time of 37.52,this was a big improvement from Brigid's time of 2016 when she posted 39.17.The host club West Waterford AC dominated the category prizes on the night with the over 35 going to Catriona Lee 38.22,over 40 Angeline Drennan 38.13, over 45 Andrea Gaffney 42.25 , over 50 Alice Fitzgerald 38.03 for the 2nd year in a row, well done to all the Ladies.
1st Sylvia Malone Waterford AC 31.46
2nd Kate Veale West Waterford AC 33.34
3rd Brigid Coffey Tried and Tested 37.52
O/35 Catriona Lee               West Waterford AC 38.22
O/40 Angeline Drennan West Waterford AC 38.13
O/45 Andrea Gaffney          West Waterford AC 42.25
O/50 Alice Fitzgerald         West Waterford AC 38.03
Now in its 25th year this very popular race will once again uses the same course over the fabulous Dromana Drive from Villerstown to Cappoquin,with a slight change at the finish line, this race is kindly sponsored again this year by the Nagle family of the Dungarvan Leader. The race takes place on Friday June 16th at 7.30 PM. The winning athlete receives the Michael C. Nagle Memorial Trophy. Entries will be taken in the community hall in  Villerstown with the presentation of prizes at Danny Flynn's Bar Cappoquin. This is a great course and a great race. Entry fee 5 Euro pre registration and its 8 euro on race night. To celebrate the 25th year of the event through the generosity of our sponsor a special prize will be drawn among all finishers of the race. If you're not in you cant win. 
Course record:
Pauline Lambe 29.20 (2010)
John Treacy 23.49 (1999)
Please note that due to traffic management changes in Cappoquin we are changing our finish line to near the Community centre and not straight up the town as previous. So as we come into Cappoquin we will be taking a left toward the community hall where the finish line will be, also parking will be available at community centre and showers also for men and women at the centre, the prize giving and cuppa will be at the Central bar as other years.
Please note those taking the bus to the race start in Villierstown from Cappoquin that registration for the race will be taken for those who haven't entered online, the bus will be leaving from the GAA pitch are at 6.15 sharp. Race start at 7.30 pm.
 You can register for the Dromana 5 now at the link below for 5 euro, or you can also register on race night for 8 euro.
use this link to enter online from Dromana.
Like all our summer series races The Dromana 5 will also have a cash bonus for the top contenders if the course record for either Male and Female are broken. Our sincere thanks to Nagle family along with all the staff at Dungarvan Leader for through their generous sponsorship these course record bonus’s are available, there will also be a large array of prizes on offer for the race again this year which will include the 1st 5 men, 1st 2 men’s teams of 3, (Both Men's and Ladies team prizes are outside of individual prize winners) 1st 5 ladies and 1st 2  ladies team of 3, a €100  bonus will be awarded to the first man to break the course record of 23.49 (set by John Tracey) and another €100 will be awarded to the first lady to break the ladies record of 29.20 (set by Pauline Lambe). The usual spot prizes will also be given out at the presentation to the winners which this year will again be held at the Central Bar Cappoquin by kind permission of Danny and Nora Flynn, also shower facilities will be available for all here and refreshments will be provided for the runners.
We thank the Mason family Cappoquin who have for many years been huge supporters of the Dromana race. The whole Mason family under the stewardship of Trevor have put a huge amount of work into the event, year in year out and added to the high regard this race is held in by the running community when 6 years ago they introduced the Mason Family perpetual cup which is awarded to the first lady finisher of the race, complementing the Michael C. Nagle trophy which is awarded to the race winner each year. We thank the Mason Family especially Ger and Eileen for their commitment to athletics in the area. It’s with the help of people like the Mason family whose commitment to their local road race each year means we can just arrive up on the night knowing that no stone is left unturned in their efforts ensuring that the event goes off without a hitch and of course not forgetting Mark Mason who is a generous sponsor of our Hill league in Colligan each year.
 2011 Corinna Walsh  West Waterford AC 30.40
2012 Angela McCann  Clonmel AC 30.12
2013 Nollaig O’Neill  Leevale AC 30.44
2014 Martina O'Dwyer Carrick On Suir AC 30.55
2015 Corinna Walsh West Waterford AC 31.43
2016 Mary Molloy Carrick On Suir AC 34.41
A reminder again to all runners that entry to this year’s Intersport Elverys / Asics summer series will close at registration on Friday in Dromana. Entry fee to the series is €5, (where would you get it) . For those that join the series, we keep track of your finishing position in each race that you do and your final score will be your best 6 races. You must do a minimum of 6 races to be part of the series. After the final race overall prizes will be awarded. In the ladies. A €30 ASICS voucher (redeemable at Intersport Elverys Dungarvan) will be awarded to any runner that takes part in any 6 of the 11 races. For those that run in all eleven races a special prize courtesy of our sponsors awaits you all.
Conditions were wet under foot for the 6th and final round of the Minnie Fit4life running league last Wednesday evening and this resulted in slightly more difficult running that had been the case for the previous few weeks. The Friary grounds this time of year is always at its best from a running point of view, it's nice and forgiving underfoot for us all after a tough few months on the roads of the town over the winter months it always great to be back on grass for a few runs during the week. Our club and the local population in general are so lucky to have the use of such a facility right on our door step and we as a club are so fortunate to have the use of it for our Juvenile training and indeed for the many senior club leagues held there over the year. The distance's for the Minnie's league give a great choice to runners as you can run 1, 2, 3, or 4 laps so something for all levels. (a lap of the Friary is approx 2 km or 1.2 miles). The turnout on the night was brilliant with a great crowd taking part. This league has always proved very popular and is one where many newcomers come along have a go for the first time; the league caters for all levels of runners, from the well-seasoned runner through to the complete beginner. Last Wednesday night was the last night  of this year's league and the final prizes were presented after the league. Full details of the final results will be in next week's notes. For anyone wondering what to do next, why not try out Club training. This takes place on Tuesday nights at 6.30 meeting in the Friary. Thanks once again to the O'Brien family of Minnie's for coming on-board again this year as sponsors. Please support our sponsor when appropriate.
 One Lap League.
Well done to the runners that took part in the one lap league, First home last week's was Ciaran Frisby in a new PB of 7.24. He was followed by Onra Power in 9.12, with the next 2 places going to Eileen Campbell and Maria White who ran together and finished in 12.04 and 12.05 respectively.
Two Lap League.
 First home this week was James Casey in 17.04. He was followed in by Johnny Burkin in 18.09. in third was Gerry Cummins in 18.56 with Michael Moynihan next in 19.21. Next finisher was our first lady, Margaret Whelan in 21.32. Margaret was followed by Roisin Heylin in 24.31.Others to record good times on the night included Lorna Murphy (25.18) and Deirdre Clancy (26.05) and Mary Hogan (30.15).
 Three Lap League.
A total of 10 took part in the three lap league which was great to see. First home on the night for the 4th week in a row was Ritchie Fitzgerald in 22.50. Second Yevgeniy Chizikov in 23.55.  Yev was followed by our first lady, Sharon Higgins in 31.33. Next was Amanda Mansfield in 33.18. Debra Doherty, Joanne Leahy and Evelyn Beresford ran together and finished in 33.22. Others to record good times included Michael Deegan (35.21), Vincent Tutty (35.22) and Helen Power (36.50).  
Four Lap League.
Well done to all 15 runners that took part in the 4 lap league. First home was Sean Stilwell in 27.25  just ahead of Brian Byrne in 27.32 after the strong sprint finish. In third was Mossie Keogh in 28.11. Next was  Shane O'Riordan in 30.37. He was followed by James Whelan in 33.09. David Towey and Ray Hahesy finished together in 33.52 with Martin Tobin also breaking 35 minutes when finishing in 34.47. Others to record good runs include Joe Barry (37.11), Pat Dunford (37.38) and Michael O'Chuirrin in 39.07.
Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds ,Many thank to our ongoing league sponsor Pat O'Brien of Minnie's Bar Abbeyside, and of course to all the crew who helped with the smooth running of the league especially Ray, Shirley and James. Thanks so much.
A huge Congratulations to Fintan Walsh who was awarded a Mayor's reception last Friday evening by Mayor John Hearne in recognition of his 60 years and more service to athletics in Waterford. Fintan a top class cross country runner and international walker is steeped in the sport all his life both as an athlete and for many years now as the voice of athletics on the local WLR FM radio station keeping us all abreast of the weekly happenings in the county and surrounding counties, Fintan is also the athletics scribe for the News and Star and the Munster Express as well as Waterford today for as many years. All in the sport congratulate him on this well deserved accolade and we hope for many more years to come he will continue to cover the sport with the same vigour and enthusiasm as he has for the past 60 years. No more needs to be said.!!!
Never raced a mile? Wondering just how fast you can run over the distance? Wonder no more as the date has been set.
This is the perfect test of your running ability. Challenge yourself to run ONE MILE as fast as you can. Whether you are new to running or have been running for many years you can participate in this event. We will do this as part of Club training on the 20th June and everyone is welcome to come along and join us whether you regularly attend training or not. This is the first of 3 one mile challenges that we will having over the summer months. Our charity partner for this event will be Brú Columbanus. Fiona O’Riordan a long standing club member, who is part of our training group, will be running the Waterford Viking Quarter Marathon to raise money for this invaluable charity. Fiona’s family benefitted from the services of Brú Columbanus and would now like to help the charity help others in the future. The family have a long association with the club as Fiona’s husband David made many trophies for club prizes over the years. The Slateways perpetual trophy that we present to the ladies winner of the summer series was donated by David before his untimely death in 2016.Brú Columbanus is an independent charity that provides a “home from home” and FREE accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients in any of the Cork Hospitals and the Hospice. The €5.5 million project, which was established by the Knights of St. Columbanus and opened in September 2005 provides 26 en-suite family rooms with a supporting kitchen and lounges where families can meet other families who are in similar situations and can lend support and understanding to each other and draw on their shared experiences. Medical costs can be a huge financial drain for families and having this free service removes an unnecessary additional stress at this difficult time. Please come along and support this worthy cause whilst getting a new 1 mile PB. There is no specified entry fee on this one instead we ask that you make a donation to the charity on the night. If you require any further information contact Irene on (086) 8242348.Meet at the Greenway Car Park in Ballinroad for warm up at 6.30pm
The Munster Senior and Masters track and field championships were held at the CIT track last Sunday and West Waterford AC have plenty to smile about with many medals won and good times recorded. The weather was more akin to what you would expect during the cross country season with very high winds and heavy showers to boot. Despite all the weather could throw at them our athletes did brilliantly well on the day. Getting the clubs day under way we saw Kate Veale put in a solo performance over the senior ladies 5k walk when she took gold and smashed the championship best performance by a whopping margin, Kate completed the distance in a down pour but still clocked a decent time of 13.49.36 smashing the old standard which stood at 14.52.56.   There was a brilliant run from Gregory Fitzgerald in the masters over 45 200 meters, Gregory put in a super last 50 meters to catch the leader to that point Trevor White St Cronan's AC dipping on the line to take Gold in one of the races of the day. Ray Hahesy was up next in the over 50 3000 meters and he covered the distance in a time of 10.47.84 among a  large field to taking bronze. Harry O'Brien ran the men's over 50 1.500 meters and in one of the closest races of the day was piped for gold by Dermot Hayes Dundrum AC, just six hundreds of a second separated the two on the line. Mossie Keogh was up next in the 800 meters over 40 and he put in a super closing 400 to record a new personal best time of 2.15.15 to take bronze,  later in the afternoon Mossie took on the 1500 meters and again had a great run to clock 4.45.93 which was good enough for Silver. World champion Joe Gough went down a notch in distance when he competed in the men's over 60 400 meters ,but regardless of the distance Joe competes at he is basically seems to be unbeatable as he took gold in a time of 1.03.62 some 16 seconds ahead of the chasers. The husband and wife team of Yevgeniy  Chizhikov and Diana both competed also with Yev talking bronze over 400 meters in the men's over 45 in 2.24.15 and Diana took silver over 35 in the 3.000 meters with a time of 13.04.65. Our final competitor and a prolific medal winner at all championships and Sunday was no different as Terri Gough over 70 took four gold's in the Javelin with a throw of 10.22, Shot in a distance of 5.14, hammer  in 14.63 and finally over 100 Meters 25.38,a great days competition for our team with medals won by all.  
Well done this morning to club  member Mark Rowe who finished 3rd in the Glanmire 4 mile road race last Sunday morning.
1 J Meade (St Finbarrs) 21:21; 2 C Tierney (East Cork, M40) 21:56; 3 M Rowe (West Waterford, M40) 21:58.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Paddy Daly, 2 Lower King Street, Abbeyside and Stella Hickey (née Mullins) Tinnock, Youghal, Cork / Ballyvolane, Cork who both passed to there eternal reward recently, may they rest in peace.
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